- Apr. 30 - West Liberty Raceway by Sam Holbrooks

Shannon Babb - Brian Birkhofer - West Liberty Raceway  
Shannon Babb would have to pass #15 Brian Birkhofer twice to get it done, but the Illinois ace managed to get his first win of the season at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday. (Mike Ruefer)
Shannon Babb after his big win at West Liberty Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)
Last Lap Pass Nets West Lib "May Daze" Win For Babb 
Larry Bontz
WEST LIBERTY, Ia. - April 30. The "Moweaqua Missile", Shannon Babb caught Brian Birkhofer going into turn one on lap 49, dove underneath for the pass, and rocketed on for the win - his first of his own 2011 campaign - here at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.
With good crowd on hand for "Coors Night" at West Liberty, Birkhofer jumped into the early lead from his front row starting spot and led the first 25 laps before Babb moved his mount to the point and led up to lap 38, when the last caution was waived for Matt Furman sitting on top of turn four.
Billy Moyer - Shannon Babb - Brian Birkhofer
Billy Moyer inside of #18 Shannon Babb and #15 Brian Birkhofer, but the Iowa-born Arkansas veteran would have to settle for third in the end. (Mike Ruefer)
On the restart, Birkhofer regained the lead and motored ahead, but Babb kept him in sight kept and clawing and digging until he eventually made the last lap pass for his first win of the season. A happy Shannon Babb said in victory lane, "it feels so good to finally to get one."
Babb has indeed been close early on this year and as late as night one of the "May Daze" at Farley Speedway, but he kept knocking at the door until finally kicking it in. The 20-year racing veteran was folowed across the line by Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, and Justin Mitchell in fifth.
Andy Eckrich - Chad Simpson
Chad Simpson races #56 Andy Eckrich before claiming sixth place at West Lib. (Mike Ruefer)
Dan Schlieper - Darren Miller - West Liberty Raceway
Dan Schlieper alongside #32 Darren Miller before Schlieper moved on to a seventh place showing at West Liberty. (Mike Ruefer)
April 30 - "May Daze" - West Liberty Raceway
1) Shannon Babb, 2) Brian Birkhofer, 3) Billy Moyer, 4) Brian Shirley, 5) Justin Mitchell, 6) Chad Simpson, 7) Dan Schlieper, 8) Jeremiah Hurst, 9) Todd Frank, 10) Matt Furman, 11) Darren Miller, 12) Andy Eckrich, 13) Denny Eckrich, 14) Brian Harris, 15) Billy Moyer, Jr., 16) Kevin Kile, 17) Jason Utter, 18) Kurt Kile, 19) Nick Marolf, 20) Tyler Breuning, 21) Jay Johnson, 22) Dave Eckrich, 23) Justin Kay, 24) Chris Simpson
Heat winners (29 entries): Mitchell,Denny Eckrich,Moyer; B-Main winner: Utter; Dash: Birkhofer.

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